June 9, 2019 Subject:
Not really a horror or adventure film, save that it takes place on some Caribbean island, this thriller is entertaining - with a few reservations. Joel McCrea (Bob) and Fay Wray (Eve) are good as the shipwrecked lovers - from different wrecks, Bob's being the latest. However, Robert Armstrong (Martin, Eve's brother) and Leslie Banks (Zaroff, the island's inhabitant with his servants) both give over-the-top performances as a drunk and trusting guest and as an exiled Russian who enjoys hunting. Once you get to the point where Banks' phony Russian accent and overacted host/madman are no longer annoying, the film is lots of fun, featuring a hunt through the island's jungle. Noble Johnson as Ivan the Cossack and Steve Clemente as Tartar are okay in non-speaking parts. And, Fay Wray is so attractive, mmm!